Cole & Son is releasing its third wallpaper collection featuring the art of Piero Fornasetti. The unique colors and patterns highlight surreal images, from fish to flying machines. The collaboration updates original works with a new palette and attitude.
Piero Fornessati’s surrealistic style is one of the most identifiable aesthetics of the 20th century, with graphics seen in furniture, interiors and accessories dating back to the 1950s. Italian opera star Lina Cavalieri was a frequent source of inspiration, with her face used on plates, glasses, paperweights and objects in more than 300
The new wallpaper collection is geared toward those who seek adventurous images and shy away from minimalism. Lawrence Lazzaro of Nicholas Lawrence Design says, “Fish in the desert are exotic, and who doesn’t like a stylized aquarium in the bath?”
However, Lazzaro does warn consumers that Many Fornasetti wallpapers are tricky to specify and to order. “Macchine Volanti, for example, is a double-wide panel and must be purchased in two-roll sets. Leave the ordering and the installation to a professional.”
The concept of having the images of Piero Fornasetti, an important 20th century artist, on your walls is an intriguing notion. “Of course he’s a national treasure in Italy, but the world over loves Fornasetti.” says Lazzaro. Now the United States too can enjoy the work of Cole & Son and Fornasetti when the collection launches in the fall, courtesy of luxury New York trade showroom Lee Jofa.
Founded in 1875, Cole & Son is built its reputation with early hand-block printed papers. In the 1940s, Cole & Son became one of the first screen print studios in Europe.